Australia Becomes a Nation Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Australia Becomes a Nation Unit Plan

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This Australian History unit covers a range of concepts relating to the establishment of the Australian colonies, Australian Federation and the Australian Constitution.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

Some lessons contain independent research tasks which may require additional lessons to complete.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To explore the establishment of the six colonies of Australia.
  • To explore the unique characteristics and history of the six colonies of Australia.
  • To identify some of the problems in the colonies leading up to Federation.
  • To form a perspective on the benefits of Australian Federation.
  • To identify influential people who contributed to Australian Federation.
  • To examine significant events that led to Australian Federation.
  • To explore the impact of the Australian Constitution on Australian society.
  • To investigate the impact of Australian Federation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

This Australian History unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, The Arts.

Prior to commencing the unit, create a classroom display which acknowledges the history of Australian colonisation and FederationDisplay teaching resources that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning, such as the Australian Federation – History Word Wall Vocabulary and the Colonisation to Federation – Australian History TimelineFor examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Australian History category the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

The Six Colonies of Australia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the establishment of the six colonies of Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

The Establishment of Australia's Colonies

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the unique characteristics and history of the six colonies of Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Problems in the Australian Colonies

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify some of the problems in the colonies leading up to Federation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Australia Moves to Federate

A 60 minute lesson in which students will form a perspective on the benefits of Australian Federation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Famous Federators

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify influential people who contributed to Australian Federation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Events That Led to Australian Federation

A 60 minute lesson in which students will examine significant events that led to Australian Federation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

The Australian Constitution

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the impact of the Australian Constitution on Australian society.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

The Impact of Federation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the impact of Australian Federation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9 (Assessment)

Assessment - Australia Becomes a Nation

An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of Australia's colonisation and Federation.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  • GE3-4

    Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

  • HT3-1

    Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

  • HT3-3

    Identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society

  • HT3-4

    Describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • HT3-5

    Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment


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